A breakthrough state-of-the-art drugs scanner is being tested in Malta International Airport, but brings about disastrous consequences when it kills a would-be trafficker trying to smuggle ...
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A breakthrough state-of-the-art drugs scanner is being tested in Malta International Airport, but brings about disastrous consequences when it kills a would-be trafficker trying to smuggle drugs in his stomach. Elite police officers Anglu and Gabriel are enlisted to help protect the new equipment, aided by Interpol Agent Mike Möller, with a local drug lord intent on hampering their efforts.Written by
I went to see this movie with great reluctance. I had seen the trailer and it looked like some cheap excuse for a film with stupid dialogue, bad acting and very bad special effects, and probably some poor excuse for a plot.
So it was with some surprise that as soon as the film started, it had gripped me, probably with the dramatic effect of a realistic and unfortunately not too uncommon episode of a life-and-death situation in a cop's life. True, the acting, dialogue, plot and special effects were poor in the extreme. But the plot was no different that a hundred other crime thrillers that Hollywood releases each year. As for the special effects, the explosions looked like they were taken straight off some video game from your 15-year old computer. And, it was the first time that I could tell that the film was shot in digital as I could actually see the pixels. But still, there was one particular car chase that ended up with a nice car aerial somersault that was clearly shot live with no CGI. For a debuting film industry, it was pretty impressive.
Some of the fight sequences were admittedly laughable. In fact I could not help laughing out loud in the theatre at the unexpected entrance of Agent Mark Möller in a grocer to the rescue of our supposed cop hero in a hold-up, putting the criminal to shame with some kung fu style moves. But this was actually intended to be funny anyway.
So I would give this movie a deserved 7 out of 10 for some good entertainment, hoping that in the future the Maltese film makers focus more on the plot and the acting rather than on cheap explosions and special effects. After all, they did show that they have some good ideas, it was just their execution that was not good enough. They should take the example of some other foreign low-budget movies.
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